Kestrel's 8th birthday was in the middle of "Ski Week" at his school, when no one goes skiing since there is no snow but they also don't go to school (I'm not sure why.) Kestrel wanted Grandpa Johnny there for his birthday but also to give a cider making presentation at his school. But there was no school that week. So Johnny, always willing to take a train ride and hang out with any of his grandkids and their parents for however long, left on Tuesday, Feb. 10, arriving on Wednesday in El Cerrito, where Munazza's sister Faiza lives, to do some repairs on her condo. Naturally, the only photos he took there were of one of his projects, caulking around the foot of her bathtub, ... and food... the lunch she prepared for him (omelet and chocolate muffins and tangerine slices plus a green drink not pictured. Johnny said all of it was yummy.)
Most of the rest of the photos were taken by Munazza with her phone after Johnny arrived Wednesday afternoon in San Carlos. (Reminder: to see the photos full sized, click on a photo)
On Thursday, Johnny was scheduled to give his cider making talk at Cedrus' kindergarten class and Kestrel's second grade class. Naturally, he gave it the Grandpa Johnny way... funny. In each class he first suggested various (im)possible ways to make cider: by sticking a straw into an apple and sucking; smashing an apple with a hammer and trying to drink the juice...
|at Kestrel's class|
|in Cedrus' class with Cedrus helping|
Finally he admitted defeat and showed the kids how we make it here on the farm... through photos.
On Friday, Kestrel and Munazza had a field trip. Cedrus had a Valentine's party at school.
On the weekend, they rode bikes to a nearby school grounds, where Kestrel displayed his monkey bar agility.
Also on the weekend, they went to a party celebrating friends' Tom and Yatin's twins... in the house with 5 flights of stairs for Cedrus to climb up and down. He loves stairs. Everyone loves babies.
|Yatin with one of his babies|
|Steve with one of Yatin and Tom's babies|
They tried to fly the butterfly kite but there was not enough
wind this day.
And they climbed the climbing trees, of course.
Thursday, Feb. 19 and Kestrel's 8th birthday, finally arrived. That story and photos in my next blog post.